7th Jun, 2020

Bromsgrove firefighter - set to retire after 30 years service - reflects on his role and the changes

Tristan Harris 9th Apr, 2019 Updated: 9th Apr, 2019

A BROMSGROVE firefighter is set to retire from the brigade after 30 years service.

Robb Barr has experienced a variety of roles during his three decades with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

Ahead of hanging up his helmet at the end of the month the 50-year-old, who spent 18 years working at Worcester Fire Station before moving to his current Bromsgrove position, has been reflecting on how his job has evolved since he joined up in 1989.

As well as the posts, the personal protective equipment has also progressed from the days of yellow plastic leggings to more state-of-the-art materials.

Rob said: “During three decades, I have attended all sorts of calls – from fires and traffic collisions to the summer floods back in 2007 and animal rescues.

“I was even part of the crew called when an aircraft came down in Bewdley.

“I have operated and driven frontline fire engines, rescue boats, ladder platforms and emergency tenders.”

He said more recently the role had become more about community safety.

“I have enjoyed talking to groups from children to senior citizens in pursuit of fire safety, as the emphasis has now often focused on fire prevention with the reduction in call-outs these days.”

After leaving the role he has loved he said he was looking forward to spending more time with wife Zoe and seven-year-old son Theo.

“I have had some job offers but I’m going to be taking some time off for a while.

“I shall be doing the school run and we’re going to be moving house.”

He is also hoping to put a few more miles on his motorbike.

“I have had an amazing career and it has been a privilege to serve.

“But after the devastation I have seen over the years, I would urge everyone to ensure they have at least one working smoke alarm – it could save your life.”

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